Xposure Photography Film & Awards 2024

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Xposure Photography Film & Awards 2024

Xposure Photography Film & Awards 2024 is now open for entries!

Xposure Photography Film & Awards 2024: The Xposure International Photography & Film Awards is an esteemed competition and prestigious event hosted by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau in the United Arab Emirates that invities photographers and filmmakers from around the globe to showcase their talents across multiple categories.

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The Xposure International Photography & Film Awards is an esteemed competition hosted by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau in the United Arab Emirates. This prestigious event invites photographers and filmmakers from around the globe to showcase their talents across multiple categories.

Xposure International Photography Awards features nine categories that aim to represent a diversity of genres:

Architectural Photography
Mobile Photography
Nature & Landscape
Night Photography
Portraiture
Photo-manipulation and AI
Sports Photography
Street Photography
Junior (Special Rules & Conditions Apply)

The Jury seeks unique, exceptional, and high-quality photos with captions. The judges are looking for photographs that go beyond the ordinary, demonstrate a unique vision and are technically excellent. They seek images that capture the subject’s essence in an innovative, fresh, and compelling way. The main criteria for judging the entries are visual impact, creativity, composition, and technical quality. Moreover, the judges are not only interested in the beauty of the photograph but also in its message and storytelling ability.

The competition also features a special segment dedicated to film and accept submissions across four distinct categories:

Short Film: Explore concise narratives, powerful messages, and impactful storytelling within a limited timeframe.
Animation: Unleash your creativity through the magic of animation, whether it’s traditional, CGI, stop-motion, or any other innovative technique.
Cinematic Arts: Push the boundaries of visual storytelling with experimental and avant-garde approaches that challenge conventional norms.
Documentary: Dive into real-world issues, untold stories, and compelling narratives that shed light on diverse cultures, social issues, and human experiences.

You may enter up to 10 images or films per user distributed in any ratio across the awards categories. To submit your film entries, please use the FilmFreeway platform.

Your photographs or films must have been taken or produced in the past three years to qualify.

The panel of judges are looking to award an Overall Winner from the photography categories and a winner and runner-up from each category, including moving images & short films.

The winner and runner-up from each category will be invited to the Xposure Festival Awards Ceremony (including flights and accommodation for the festival week), where the position’s outcome will be announced. Winning entries and selected nominees are prominently featured in a gallery at the annual Xposure festival, and also published in the prestigious Xposure Yearbook.

Submission requirements:

The preferred image size should be 5,000 pixels on the longer dimension.

Digital images should have a long dimension of at minimum 2,700 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi as a jpeg file. They can accept images up to 6 megabytes uncompressed if you cannot downsize the pictures.

A Photo entry consists of one photo or film and the completed Title, Caption, and Place Taken. In the case of Short Films, you do not enter Place Taken or Caption.

Unless in a category specifically designed for photo manipulation, entries should not include adding or removing content or staging a photograph to mislead the viewer. Adjustments of levels, colour, contrast, and brightness are permitted.

The nominated finalists will be notified and asked to submit High-Resolution TIFF and RAW files.

The running time of film entries must be at least 3 minutes and no greater than 20 minutes.

Short film entries can be in any language, but if they are submitted in a language other than the spoken English language, English subtitles should be present.

Who may enter?

Photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience are eligible to enter the Xposure International Awards.

Prize:

The overall winner will receive USD 6,000, category winners will receive USD 3,000 each, and category runners-up will receive USD 1,500 each. Winners and runners-up are invited to the Xposure Festival Awards Ceremony, including flights and accommodation, and their work will be featured in a gallery at the festival. Additionally, nominees are displayed in an online exhibition during the festival.

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